Romney to Call for Intervention in Syria, Libya in Foreign Policy Speech

By: Monday October 8, 2012 7:00 am

In a speech today at the Virginia Military Institute, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will commit to arming Syrian rebels, and will attribute the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi to the “same forces that attacked our homeland on September 11th, 2001,” which under the still-active Authorization to Use Military Force commits the United [...]

Israel’s Barak Calls for Unilateral Withdrawal From Parts of West Bank

By: Monday September 24, 2012 1:42 pm

In the US press, a big story on the Middle East today is another ignorant comment by the President of Iran, who holds very little power in the Islamic Republic relative to the Supreme Leader. But the really big story comes out of Israel, where Defense Minister Ehud Barak called for a settlement pullout from [...]

Money Talks: The Mujahideen-e-Khalq Episode as the Fundamental Display of Washington Lobbying Power

By: Sunday September 23, 2012 3:44 pm

If you want to understand how things get done in Washington, perhaps the best lesson of the year comes from the State Department’s decision late Friday to remove the Iranian exile group Mujahideen-e-Khalq from the official list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. The MEK never really lessened the activities that got it listed as a Foreign [...]

In New Fundraiser Comments, Romney Sees No Hope for Two State Solution in Middle East

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 7:39 am

When Mother Jones released the secret fundraiser video of Mitt Romney doing his best Thurston Howell III impression (yes that links to a David Brooks op-ed) they promised more to come. Today’s video concerns the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and while Romney will sadly not suffer politically for denigrating the inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza, [...]

Tensions Mount With New Provocations in Iran

By: Monday September 17, 2012 11:38 am

When you talk about tail risk for the US economy, sweeping away the European crisis and the fiscal cliff, perhaps the biggest potential comes from an oil price shock. Combined with any fiscal tightening, that could easily snap the US into recession. And the biggest threat of this stems not from the protests outside US [...]

Netanyahu Stirs Controversy With Remarks on Iran and “Red Lines”

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 9:40 am

In addition to the tragic situation in Libya, another international incident simmered last night, on the subject of Israel and Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a speech claiming that the US had “no moral right” to intervene in a potential Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, unless they too set a “red line” [...]

Report: Israeli Defense Minister Now Opposes Attack on Iran

By: Friday September 7, 2012 7:40 am

A startling report in Israeli paper Haaretz claims that Defense Minister Ehud Barak has now flipped and opposes a strike on Iranian nuclear sites, after supporting the project as recently as a couple months ago. There are suggestions in the piece that pressure from American generals has moved him in that direction: Word is that [...]

Democrats Cave on Platform, Make Changes on God, Jerusalem

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 2:31 pm

Responding to a hissy fit ginned up by a random Weekly Standard writer, and carried along by Fox News, Democrats just changed their platform a day after they adopted it, adding language saying that “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel,” and adding a reference to God. Both parts were in the 2008 [...]

Former Bush CIA Director Michael Hayden Explains Folly of an Attack on Iran

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 10:19 am

The Democratic platform on Iran has a mix of pleas for a diplomatic solution combined with the ever-present threats and vows of military force if required. It acknowledges straight-out that “Iran has yet to build a nuclear weapon” but adds that the country has “failed to meet its obligations under the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty). [...]

Forthcoming IAEA Report Will Announce Continued Uranium Enrichment by Iran

By: Friday August 24, 2012 10:15 am

Looks like we’re scheduled to endure another round of hype about Iran’s nuclear program. David Sanger writes in today’s New York Times about an imminent IAEA report. International nuclear inspectors will soon report that Iran has installed hundreds of new centrifuges in recent months and may also be speeding up production of nuclear fuel while [...]

Mitt Romney Inadvertently Praises Government-Run Israeli Health Care

By: Monday July 30, 2012 11:05 am

I hate to harp on one speech by Mitt Romney, but it was quite illustrative on another count. This unintentionally revealing statement is getting a lot of scrutiny today: “Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the G.D.P. in Israel? Eight percent,” [Romney] said. “You spend eight percent of G.D.P. [...]

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